Archive for November 5th, 2003

The robolution is being recorded

November 5, 2003

People have asked me why I have not commented on the reviews on the movie “The revolution will not be televised”. (There are three I know off: The one in the NYT, the one in the Vilage Voice and one in a Chicago newspaper). There are a number of reasons for this. First of all, the movie is not even new, I was discussing it with a distant relative who lives in Ireland months ago when it was shown in Irish TV. Second, I have not seen the movie. Third, the movie appears to be a fictional characterization of what happened in Venezuela in April 2002, since it claims to show that there was nobody under the El LLaguno bridge when the pro-Chavez supporters were taped shooting at the “snipers” in the surrounding buildings. Tell that to the more than one million Venezuelans that participated in the march that went right under Puente El LLaguno, reached the Presidential Palace and began dispersing after the shooting took place. (The bridge is in between). Finally, some of the things said in the reviews are so outrageous I cant’ take them seriously. I suspect the resurgence of the movie probably has to do with some adequate financing by the Chavez administration. After all, if they bribed the Carter Center once, it would be very easy to pay someone to distribute a movie for the right amount. One day, we will know, we will not forget all these details, the “robolucion” is being recorded.


P.S. Just noticed Jerk Sauce has addressed the issue nicely.

The robolution is being recorded

November 5, 2003

People have asked me why I have not commented on the reviews on the movie “The revolution will not be televised”. (There are three I know off: The one in the NYT, the one in the Vilage Voice and one in a Chicago newspaper). There are a number of reasons for this. First of all, the movie is not even new, I was discussing it with a distant relative who lives in Ireland months ago when it was shown in Irish TV. Second, I have not seen the movie. Third, the movie appears to be a fictional characterization of what happened in Venezuela in April 2002, since it claims to show that there was nobody under the El LLaguno bridge when the pro-Chavez supporters were taped shooting at the “snipers” in the surrounding buildings. Tell that to the more than one million Venezuelans that participated in the march that went right under Puente El LLaguno, reached the Presidential Palace and began dispersing after the shooting took place. (The bridge is in between). Finally, some of the things said in the reviews are so outrageous I cant’ take them seriously. I suspect the resurgence of the movie probably has to do with some adequate financing by the Chavez administration. After all, if they bribed the Carter Center once, it would be very easy to pay someone to distribute a movie for the right amount. One day, we will know, we will not forget all these details, the “robolucion” is being recorded.


P.S. Just noticed Jerk Sauce has addressed the issue nicely.

Pictures of Amuay explosion

November 5, 2003

 


These are scanned B&W pictures of the results of the explosion at the Amuay refinery that PDVSA has been trying to downplay, calling it a “routine” accident. The explosion resulted in the complete destruction of the main electrical distribution system in the refinery. According to someone who knows the plant:” They have electrical power but no way to distribute, because the explosion destroyed the synchronization bar #4 and the machine bars 11,12 and 13 which implies that the turbo generators 16 and 18 are out of operation and the interconnection with IPP too. This implies that the CRAY, FNC/TAME, CHP, Desmi3, Suay 3, MA, GLAY and other I cant remember which used to feed from BS4, plant 5 was also fed from here. What surprises me is that this is all far from the dangerous areas. In 16 years working in electrical systems and 13 designing and operating them in the Amuay substations, I never saw anything like it”.


 


Does not sound too routine to me……


Pictures of Amuay explosion

November 5, 2003

 


These are scanned B&W pictures of the results of the explosion at the Amuay refinery that PDVSA has been trying to downplay, calling it a “routine” accident. The explosion resulted in the complete destruction of the main electrical distribution system in the refinery. According to someone who knows the plant:” They have electrical power but no way to distribute, because the explosion destroyed the synchronization bar #4 and the machine bars 11,12 and 13 which implies that the turbo generators 16 and 18 are out of operation and the interconnection with IPP too. This implies that the CRAY, FNC/TAME, CHP, Desmi3, Suay 3, MA, GLAY and other I cant remember which used to feed from BS4, plant 5 was also fed from here. What surprises me is that this is all far from the dangerous areas. In 16 years working in electrical systems and 13 designing and operating them in the Amuay substations, I never saw anything like it”.


 


Does not sound too routine to me……


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